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"Call Me By Your Name:" Insulting Gay Hype or Real Gay Romance; Church of England and Gay Clergy; Transgender Kids Join Girl Guides

“Call Me By Your Name:” Insulting Gay Hype or  Real Gay Romance

Admittedly, I don’t have enough information about the movie, Call Me By Your Name, to speak about it as thoroughly as I would like to in this post, however, I will be following up on this one. And I think that’s because I thought we had moved on from the Brokeback Mountain days, where straight people wrote about gays, straight actors played gays, and everyone but gay people exploited gays. However, for all I know, I might love this film and I’m really not making any statements. I’m just wondering.

Just the fact that Armie Hammer is playing gay makes me wonder. Colton Haynes couldn’t have played the part? Seriously?  

Again, I’m not certain about Call Me By Your Name, and that’s mainly because I haven’t read anything in the gay presses yet. I depend on them for information like this and so far all I can find on Call Me By Your Name is media hype like this over-written review…

It’s summer, and Elio is 17, so obviously that field is love and sex. Elio is handsome, a beanpole topped with a thicket of dark curls, so he’s got the interest of some French girls staying nearby. He’s interested in them too, but is not pulled to them in the same way that he’s drawn inextricably to Oliver, the 20-something grad student boarding at Elio’s family’s house while he works with Elio’s father.

That’s what makes me wonder. No young gay man is “pulled” to girls. I would imagine there are bisexuals who are, but not gay men. We’re interested in men. How do I know that? I know that because I was a young, horny gay teenager who couldn’t stop thinking about men. And the only reason I’m wondering is because this film is being aggressively promoted as a “gay” film.

Now, here’s a review written by a woman…

If it ends up with heavy-hitting competitors, all the better — but this swooningly lovely film from director Luca Guadagnino (“I Am Love”) is going to be tough to beat. I’d call it the next “Moonlight” or “Brokeback Mountain,” but that would entirely belie its entrancing and — really, could it be? — mostly upbeat tone.

That’s not the first reference I’ve seen to Brokeback Mountain either. So it appears that we’re all being flung back to the 2000s when gay marriage was still illegal in the US, and not all that much has changed…at least according to this woman reviewer. But that could be a misleading review. I don’t know.

If you do a simple search for Call Me By Your Name, you might get lucky like I did and find something from a gay POV. It’s not a review, it’s only a press release. But the people who left comments are gay men. Keep in mind they are talking about the book, not the movie.

One said this…

I have no problem with a book portraying love between two straight men but this one was pretty homophobic.

Another said this…

It’s nice to see that i’m not the only one. I totally hated the novel.All were fantastic reviews and people who loved the book, but i hated it.Aciman’s prose is fantastic but i didn’t liked the story or the characters at all.And i find incredibly annoying the praise Aciman’s got for being an straight man writing a gay novel.

And this one is the most interesting…

There’s nothing “gay” in the book. It’s about two straight men feeling sexual attraction for each other. The younger character make fun of gay people in the book. In the second part of the book they chase women together.

Those are all direct quotes from the comment section. They may or may not be accurate. I’m not forming any opinions yet. I’m only posting the facts as I’ve read them so far. I’m not even sure if it’s a real gay romance, you know, a gay romance with a happy ending where just once the gay characters live happily ever after.

I’ll follow up soon. Some are calling this a gay “classic.”

Church of England and Gay Clergy

I don’t know about anyone else out there, but I find this article pretty sad. That gay clergy have to live this way…still. Where’s the outrage? Where are the protests?

The Church of England is considering plans to ignore the sex lives of gay clergy.

Current rules state gay members must be celibate or change jobs.

The House of Bishops are considering today proposals to overhaul the system to become something like ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’, so gay people would not be directly asked about their private lives.

There’s more here. And just why aren’t we screaming about this? We all know that being gay is not just about sex.

Transgender Kids Join Girl Guides

In more positive LGBT news, at least this is happening. I’d also like to add that when I post about these things I don’t think in terms of only gays in the US, I think in global terms that includes all LGBT people under the umbrella.

Transgender children as well as transgender women in the UK are finally allowed to join the Girl Guides.

Since its formation in 1910, the Girl Guide Association has strictly been a single-sex organisation.

However, moving with the times, the organisation has recently added new guidelines, opening its doors to new members who were ‘assigned male at birth’ but ‘self-identify’ as female.

There’s more here. Of course not everyone is thrilled about it, but that’s going to take some time just as it always has in the past when it comes to anything LGBT.

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They Wanted John Barrowman To Remain In the Closet; Rosie O’Donnell Mourns Trump’s Victory; JK Rowling and Dumbledore’s Gay Life

They Wanted John Barrowman To Remain In the Closet

Here’s a story about how “they” wanted John Barrowman to keep his private life quiet that dates back about two decades. He ultimately lost a role because he refused to do it.

While accepting the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award last weekend during Palm Springs Pride, Barrowman recalled producers sitting him down in a room one day and saying: ‘We don’t want you to talk about your life.’

‘I’m not going to mention any names but you would all know who he is – gay himself – told me to keep quiet,’ Barrowman told the HRC crowd, clearly referring to Star who also created Sex and the City and is openly gay.

Here’s the rest. It’s interesting because he also lost the role of Will on Will and Grace because they thought he was “too straight.” So they gave the role to a straight guy instead, because that’s what they do to gay people, actors, authors, and all of us. 

You gotta love Hollywood. And publishing. Publishing isn’t too far behind Hollywood.

Rosie O’Donnell Mourns Trump’s Victory

While the poor thing is in mourning, Rosie can look forward to a new job on TV.

O’Donnell, 54, will play the mother of an aspiring actress and single mom (Frankie Shaw) who has moved to Los Angeles to pursue her dreams.

The series is based on Shaw’s short film of the same name which premiered at last year’s Sundance Film Festival.

O’Donnell’s character is named Tutu who is described as ‘unapologetic and oblivious to social convention.’

There’s more here. Sounds like great casting. Actually, for a moment, I thought she was heading back to The View, again.

JK Rowling and Dumbledore’s Gay Life

I know that millions will be thrilled about this. JK Rowling does seem to know what she’s doing when it comes to being current. And why not? Gay is the new black for white, heteronormative mainstream authors of privilege with big publishers nowadays. 

JK Rowling has hinted that Albus Dumbledore’s sexuality will be explored in the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

According to the author, the next five films will give fans a lot of backstory into the Potterverse.

At a press conference in New York on Thursday (10 November), Rowling and producer David Heyman said there would be more ‘connective tissue’ to the original novels in the new five-part film series.

You can check this out here

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Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, and the Trans Movie Controversy; "The Gay Bachelor" Controversy; Hot Male Chef Makes "Liquid Chicken"

Mark Ruffalo and the Trans Movie Controversy

This has been making news everywhere and I thought I’d post about it because this kind of thing has happened before and I’m certain it will happen again.

Mark Ruffalo has taken to social media to address the trans community’s critical response to the casting of actor Matt Bomer as a transgender sex worker in his new film, Anything. 

As an executive producer on the project, Ruffalo has addressed concerns regarding Bomer’s involvement in the film in a series of tweets posted Wednesday night.

You can check that out here.  The article goes on to mention tweets and comments from people in the LGBT community who are outraged.

This is interesting, too.

Actress Jamie Clayton, from Netflix’s Sense8, claimed she was blocked by Bomer on Twitter after tweeting, “I really hope you both choose to do some actual good for the trans community one day,” at his account. She was later removed from Bomer’s list of blocked users.

There’s another article here in Variety. Ruffalo attempts to defend himself. 

If you do a simple search, you’ll find even more. The most conservative web sites are just loving this one.

“The Gay Bachelor” Controversy

From what I can gather, among other issues, there are conflicting reports about a non-profit allegedly run by “The Gay Bachelor,”  Robert Sepulveda Jr.

But: “I have a nonprofit,” he says in a promo video. So does he or doesn’t he? Well, he might’ve had one when they shot the video, since the nonprofit seems to have shut down shortly before filming started. The timeline’s muddy.

You can read more here. I don’t watch things like this so I know nothing about it. 

The comments with this one are definitely worth a glance.

Hot Male Chef Makes “Liquid Chicken”

I know this one sounds odd, but it’s Friday and it was either this or a post about “Twinks4Trump,” and I settled on this one instead because I’m tired of reading about politics. It’s a nice, harmless piece with a cute guy and you might even want to try the recipe out.

To the rescue comes a very well-built chef who calls himself The Mincing Faggot, who first caught our attention on  Towleroad. TMF is here to offer us all the chance to ogle his physique while experiencing a teachable moment as he whips up what he calls “The Liquid Chicken Shake.”

You can check that one out here, and there’s a good video to go along with more great comments by readers.

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Harry Styles In Ab Fab Movie; Brokeback Mountain Play; Charlie Hunnam Talks About Fifty Shades of Grey

Harry Styles In Ab Fab Movie

I see a lot of Harry Styles on Twitter, so I think this would be fantastic for the Ab Fab movie in a general sense. He’s more popular now than ever…with everyone. It’s just one more draw, as if an Ab Fab movie actually might need that.

One Direction star Harry Styles is being lined up to appear in the new Ab Fab movie, according to

reports – playing the love interest of Joanna Lumley’s hard partying character, Patsy Stone.

The new film, written by Jennifer Saunders – who plays the iconic showbiz PR Edina Monsoon – is already rumored to include guest appearances from the likes of Kate Moss and Spice Girls Victoria Beckham Emma Bunton.

You can read the rest here. There isn’t much I would stand in line to see, however, I would make an exception for this one.

Brokeback Mountain Play

I’m not sure I would stand in line to see this one. But it’s obviously a classic to many and now they’re thinking about doing a stage version. 

O’Connell said, ‘I am honored to bring Annie Proulx’s beloved story to the stage as a new play that celebrates her compelling writing and will bring a new perspective on this heart-warming tale of an unbreakable bond.’

He added: ‘I’ve been extremely lucky in my career to produce plays which challenge, inspire and educate as much as they entertain; the struggles that the characters of Brokeback Mountain go through are still present in the world today, making the piece as relevant as ever. I am very much looking forward to working alongside Annie with a first-class creative team to bring Jack and Ennis’ story to new audiences.’

I’m just curious to see how this stage version will go over…if it actually transpires. It’s not easy to get backers for things like this.

You can check that out here. 

Charlie Hunnam Talks About Fifty Shades of Grey

Almost exactly two years ago I posted about Charlie Hunnam taking on the role of Christian Grey in the film adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey. A few weeks later, I posted that Hunnam had to back out for professional reasons, and the role went to Jamie Dornan. The main reason I was so focused on all this is because of Matt Bomer. At that time, a lot of us wanted to see Bomer snag the role.

And now, two years later, Hunnam is speaking up about why he didn’t take the part.

‘The outside perception of that was that I got really cold feet and got scared of the explicit nature of the sexuality of the piece,’ he says.

For anyone who thinks that, Hunnam points to his very explicit sex scenes as gay teen Nathan Maloney on the original Queer as Folk series in 1999-2000.

‘When I was 18 I was getting f—– in the ass, completely naked on national TV, you know?’

I actually never thought that he was worried about the sex scenes in FSoG. I saw what he did in Queer As Folk. And he did that damn well, too…like a pro. In fact, there aren’t that many great sex scenes in FSoG to worry about. But I haven’t actually seen the film yet. I’m waiting for it to show up on a premium channel…cuz I’m not paying for it on demand.

You can read more here. 

You’ll want to check out the comments with this one.

 
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